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Grateful Dead Live at Pauley Pavilion - University of California on 1973-11-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Pauley Pavilion - University of California on 1973-11-17

Set 1

Me And My Uncle
Here Comes Sunshine
Looks Like Rain
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
The Race Is On
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Big River
Brown Eyed Women
Around And Around

Set 2

Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
Ramble On Rose
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Morning Dew ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Playing In The Band
Stella Blue
El Paso
Eyes Of The World ->
Sugar Magnolia

Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Pauley Pavilion - University of California
Location Los Angeles, CA

Source SBD>>MR>>CASS>>DAT>>CDA>>WAV(EAC)>>SHN >>DAW(Bertha)>>CDA/SHN>>shntool
Transferred by Jay Ashley



Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nickenamed Bertha, by Completed on April 5, 2004.

There is some distortion in the source used. Looks Like Rain seems to be the worst of it. Not sure if the distortion is from overdriving the original master reel recording, or if the transfer was overdriven. But, the distortion is in the original source and was caused prior to Bertha remastering.

-3db noise reduction was used prior to processing. A 100% pure sample was used, resulting in Zero artifacts.

Cleaned up some rough track to track transitions.

Two drop-outs in Casey Jones.

shntool used to fix SBE's on 4-12-04, applied separately to first and second set by Tony G (

Enjoy my brothers!


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2016
Subject: Weighted

A great show but also notoriously overrated. This achieved Barton Hall momentum and was given throne status (even by some who never heard all of it) way back in the day. It was then traded in hissy, badly-pitched copies. Two salient points: Nov/Dec '73 is a highlight period and this sits right between all-time greats San Diego and Denver and just weeks before Boston; the first set is one of the best of all-time, the second is average for November '73. I can't say it better than doug_the_dude, "not quite scaling the boogaloo peaks of 11/14 or the overall psychedelic tapestry of 11/11". So, getting the holiest-of-holy myth out of the way, it's still not a show to be missed. I always thought it was weird that UCLA is right between Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and that the Pauley is just blocks from the Playboy Mansion. What a place for the tie dyed masses (a juxtaposition akin to each time we rolled into Vega en masse).

First Set. There's zero warm-up with a perfect Me & My Uncle straight into an excellent Here Comes Sunshine. There are all kinds of little things going on in the latter. Looks Like Rain isn't perfect BUT, it's just different enough to relieve what can be monotony with this one. The level is high then peaks again with Tennessee Jed. Damn Bobby is good here. Not perfect either, but the solo still gets you there...and ready for a killer Race is On. Is there a better '73? Discuss. Check how Keith inserts a chord to state that he's about to take a measure. The rest of the set is perfect with a '73 groove stylee China>Rider. Laid back, yes, but gods Keith was good. Terrific ensemble playing benefits a Brown Eyed Women that IS the best of '73..

Second Set. Keith is again the best part of Row Jimmy and Billy is so good on this Jack Straw. The finest playing of the set is for Ramble On Rose, including great Keith tinkling and Phil bombs. Playin' starts as a trainwreck but improves. Sandwiches like this are fun but that doesn't ipso facto mean the playing is the best (see 11/10 sandwich, for comparison), and this sequence is average '73 (though still enjoyable and the meat of the set). Morning Dew has some flubs and bad tuning. The end is best but the first set tightness has been lost by the pivot, where the songs reverse...and then do the classic Dead turnaround, to the point where the final Playin' is the peak of the set. The rest is actually below average for Fall '73 except for a an okay Eyes. By Sugar Magnolia they're not in top form with a shaky Bobby (whose Bobbyskreech somehow got worse than Donna's). Take this First Set with the Second Set from the show before (11/14) and it's the best show of all time. '73 is like that.

1st Set:   A+
2nd Set: C
Overall = 4 Stars

Whole 1st Set - lives up to the legend
Ramble On Rose - The most consistent playing of the second set courtesy Phil and Keith

SOURCES: Ashley update and Dave's #5.
Reviewer: Ficus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2011
Subject: Follow the leader
Ridiculously good HCS. The second set transitions are truly as amazing as they look. Solid selections that are played loosely throughout. It will do your body good.
Reviewer: FrankFoster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2011
Subject: Excellent
One of the best in a year of greats. My favorite HCS ever.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2011
Subject: The 2nd set suite
is awesomely executed, & I can't give this less than 4 stars because of that. However, I'm only keeping the 2nd set. Most of the show is not that interesting or well-played, and the sound of the recording (or possibly of the venue, or the sound system on that night) has a harsh, jarring and unpleasant quality that reminds me a little of Dick's Picks vol. 33 (the sound of which I hate so much that I can't listen to it). This isn't that bad, but I like it warmer than this.
Reviewer: st. heathen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2010
Subject: Wow!
Great find! Excellent sound, and Jerry & Phil came to play. Passes the "Eyes" exam, as do most '73 shows.

Note to Evan S. Hunt -- Say your peace and get out!!! This is not the forum for your inane ramblings. BTW, post-Eyes jam is NOT Stronger Than Dirt.
Reviewer: charlie fog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2010
Subject: Walk me out
All I can say is WOW!Thank you soooo much for this Stella recording.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2009
Subject: Quintessential 1973
This is an extraordinary performance in an Autumn of extraordinary performances. Clearly November '73 is a high mark for the band and this show holds its own with the very best from this period. Jay Ashley sound is virtually perfect. This is a jazzy masterpiece! (99 pts)
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2008
Subject: this show is HOT
really good ramble on rose, some great piano by keith
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2008
Subject: From A Dry Hump On The Couch...
...To a leaping into the air perpendicular wet dream.

Jay Ashley has a way of transforming these shows of something that a listener listens to into something a listener experiences.

Right from how it jumps onto your back like a new pet monkey until the very last note, and though the performances are not earth shattering orgasms, the sound makeover brings a fresh, a peal spritzer to the ear.

Here Comes Sunshine takes us into the Stratosphere. This is just Jerry in his unexpurgatedly pure unadulterated surf guitar mode, and after that, every song major cooks, breathing in and out pure, in-alterable kernels of golden and pearlescent dew drops. Kaff kaff.

After a red hot tamale' Big River there is a Phil announcement about the Fire Marshall's request to clear the front aisles. And After a great BEW, Bobby asks the crowd to refrain from spitting and then rollicks into a tear-ass Around which ends set one.

What follows is a Row Jimmy starting the 2nd set that will make you cry. It is done to absolute, and oh so well-rehearsed perfection. Jack Straw the same: so beautifully re-captured here to bring epiphany. The bass is amazing and it's much the same on Ramblin' momentarily raising the hair, the eyebrow.

Bobby flubs the opening verse but the band's backup is strong, pulsating a gorgeous universal thematic rhythm. It's effect renders miscues rescues, which pervades it's girth into an industriously savage PITB, and it bounces up and down and in and out and on and on and on and on and after 15 ballast-blasting minutes, pushes and shoves it's way, muscularly, into Uncle John's Band !

and into Morning Dew (Reviewer is thusly rendered speechless). Even with Jerry's lyric flubs this is one of the most crystalline Dews and while putting my dropped jaw back into place they back into PITB thrashing! and back into UJB cache-ing!
GLORIOUS !!! and back into PITB and back into UJB
and Jerry on a mission to Mars filling every quadrant. and back into PITB !Raging! Every note
Life-regenerating ! and then in walks Stella.... Stella Blue and >>Bling<< El Paso and >>bling<<
Ayes of the World! The beautiful ayes. Az Zey say: "The Ayes Have It." and...Into "Stronger Than Dirt" from the late 1960's Clorox laundry detergent commercial: "New Clorox Laundry Detergent Is Stronger Than Dirt!"

This theme winds laboriously and languishingly down into....Sugar Magnolia. Casey Jones.

When you are finally glad to be bored you have
Nothing left to tell.
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